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Which Intel Core Processor Is Right for You?

August 27, 2018 | By brian

For the ultimate gaming experience, you’re going to want to have a beefed up processor. Intel® continues to be a leader in delivering blazing fast performance thanks to its Core™ i7 and i9 CPU, but how do you determine which one is the best for your gaming PC?

While the latest generation of i7 and i9 processors aren’t drastically different, you will get a slightly faster clock speed by going with the i9. With that in mind, the i9 allows for better overclocking which many gamers find important to squeeze as much performance out of their system as possible. Both the i7 and i9 have SmartCache technology which allows the processor to execute certain functions you do regularly at a faster speed. As you might guess, the i9 has a larger SmartCache than the i7.

The behind the scenes technology of Intel’s i9 processors is important but you may be wondering how they perform when gaming. Your mileage will vary based on system setup but for a game like Rise of the Tomb Raider with its detailed environments, you can expect to see about 71 frames per second when playing in 1080p with the i7. Upgrade to the i9 and you can look forward to about 80 frames per second. Again, this will vary based on the system and the game you’re playing, but if you want to enjoy the maximum experience from your PC including 4K gaming, the i9 processor is the way to go.

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